Russian-born pianist Sergei Podobedov has been described by conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky as “a magnificent pianist who possesses outstanding virtuosic skills combined with true musicality and a refined sense of style”.
For that reason Derbyshire is extremely lucky that he has chosen to make his home in Belper as we have been treated to several of his concerts in the last couple of years.
This month he will be performing a selection of winter themed classical pieces at Christ Church in Bridge Street, Belper alongside two other young musicians, James Kay and Joshua Turner from Fleet Arts.
Podobedov was born in 1972 and grew up in Moscow. He started playing the piano when he was five or six.
His mother was a first violin in one of the major orchestras in the Soviet Union, and he says it was her taking him to all the rehearsals and concerts that led to him becoming a musician. Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 12 Podobedov has toured the world performing the major concert repertoire, new works and also fully improvised recitals.